Learn Cook Islands Māori for free*
Duration and study methods
Part-time for 1 year (32 teaching weeks), evenings plus two Saturdays.
The maximum time to complete this programme is 4 years.
QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Cook Islands Māori) (Level 4)Programme code: NZ3771
International feesNot available to international students
Explore the free options available for this programme, and check your eligibility:
Learn how to take the everyday conversations and formalise them to engage more appropriately with your Pā Metua Pakari, and Orometua, through the use of Te Reo Māori Kuki Airani.
By the end of the programme you will be able to engage comfortably in more formal contexts within the family and church setting, community functions and workplace.
You will learn skills on how to MC events and acknowledge distinguished guests. This is the best place to start if you eventually want to explore Peu e te Akano’anga Māori Kuki Airani.
“I wanted to know more about who I was and where I came from. Both my parents have passed away and none of us knew the language. So, one of my younger sisters and I, decided it was time to take up the challenge. I needed to understand more about who I was, not just the language, but the culture behind the language. I needed to grow my own knowledge about the language, the culture, and the identity of my own background, to be able to share that and grow others.
I heard so much about the lecturers at MIT and the way in which they approached the languages was more from a family whānau perspective and that is what I wanted, I wanted to be part of it. It is a bit like having a group of brothers and sisters that you did not know existed. We have become quite close, learnt more about ourselves, and we have been able to connect with our culture, our language, our identities and grow more.
A lot of our class was focused on talking, sharing, listening, and then practicing our language. Then from that, once you grow that knowledge and understanding, the reading and the writing becomes a part of it, it is like a natural progression because to be able to read and write, you must be able to speak.
We connect more meaningfully when we have a language that we can share. Language is how we communicate with each other. It is how we share ideas. Learning a new language grows you."
“I chose to learn the Tongan language because I grew up around Tongan all my life being half Tongan. I heard it spoken. I've seen it written down, I've sung songs but never really knew the language, and so I wanted to study it.
Opportunities where I've used my Pacific language skills are mostly in the classroom learning the speeches. I intend to do a speech at my father's upcoming 75th birthday.
I enjoyed learning the culture and what things mean, I've grown up around terms and things that I didn't really understand, and now I have an understanding of those.
I think it's important to learn a language, if that is your culture, because it does teach you a lot about the culture, beyond the language. I think it's also good to learn it if it's not your culture too, because it gives you a broader understanding of other people.
I like studying at MIT – the facilities are awesome. MIT make it very easy to enrol and apply. The lecturers are really good and it’s local, which is great."
“Gagana Samoa is pretty much embedded into my life. I am a proud Samoan.
I chose MIT because it is in the Heart of South Auckland, but also closer for me to attend, and the times suited my schedule. A bonus that it is fees free.
If it is your dream to continue learning your language, then I guarantee you will love this course. Do something for yourself, I took this for me and it supports and assists me in being a legit Gagana Samoa teacher.
Since the first lockdown happened, I started getting involved in learning how to folafola mea’ai (chant for food), simple greetings (fa’afeiloa’iga) and sula toga (chants of appreciation for fine mats). This drew me closer to my parents in wanting to learn the culture. The decision to take this awesome course was from my sister. She thought it would be awesome to take this together and I couldn’t say no.
I teach Gagana Samoa to Level 1 students. It is important for me to upskill, to be fluent, to make the most of the opportunities we have to learn, that no matter where I am in life and how many roles I have, language (Gagana) is important and we are learners for life. I don’t know everything so being able to relearn, and to be reminded of Samoan protocols, the Samoan history etc. I am able to hold on to this new knowledge and share this with my students.
I love the environment and the staff at MIT. I remember the warm and comfortable environment, the relationships we build with our peers, the awesome lectures and the opportunity to share what we learned with one another. I loved that our lecturer was resourceful and adapted to our needs and learning. We had online classes that were suitable for us. The resources that were given to me, I have asked if I can use it in my classes.
Just do it. This is about you. Value yourself and your time to learn.”
Open entry for domestic students
Some language knowledge is required.
International students: English language entry requirements
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):
830.410 My surroundings (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)
Learn to apply respectful terms in Cook Islands Māori to close surroundings.
830.411 My family (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)
Learn to apply formal language in family contexts.
830.412 My community (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)
Learn to apply formal language to different communities.
830.413 Culture (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)
Learn to develop and apply a deeper understanding of the Cook Islands Māori language and culture.
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 20 February 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.